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Andrew W.K.

Not just a party animal but a party guerrilla, Andrew W.K. burst onto the scene with a hybrid of metal, pop, and dance that parodied and paid tribute to the cheesiest, sleaziest aspects of all three styles. The California-born, Michigan-bred W.K. -- the initials stand for everything from "White Killer" to "Women Kum" to "Wilkes-Krier," the surnames of his mom and dad -- began classical piano lessons at age four and moved on to playing in Detroit punk and metal bands, including the Pterodactyls. By age 17, W.K. was recording his own material. After moving to New York City a year later, his friends passed his demos on to various labels, including Bulb, who released W.K.'s debut EP, Girls Own Juice, in early 2000 and that fall's Party Til You Puke EP. The buzz around W.K.'s hedonistic, so-dumb-it's-smart rawk resulted in a gig opening for the Foo Fighters as well as deals with Island/Def Jam in the U.S. and Mercury in the U.K.; his first major-label release was 2001's anthemic Party Hard EP. In particular, the U.K. fell in love with W.K.'s ironic trailer-trash look and sound, inspiring critical raves from NME and Kerrang! as well as hysteria at his live shows; he was hospitalized after a fan head-butted him as he crowd-surfed at his London debut at the Highbury Garage. The full-length I Get Wet arrived in late 2001 in the U.K. and in spring 2002 in the U.S., where his "It's Time to Party" was used in a TV commercial for the travel website Andrew W.K. also gigged extensively that spring, both on his own and as part of an MTV 2 package tour. He returned in 2003 with The Wolf, a bigger, lusher album than his debut that earned mixed reviews. The following year, W.K. hosted an advice show on MTV 2, Your Friend, Andrew W.K. He also maintained his busy tour schedule, and released the concert film Who Knows? in early 2006. Andrew W.K.'s third album, Close Calls with Brick Walls, was released in Japan and South Korea that summer, and was issued in the U.S. as a vinyl-only album by Load Records in 2007. That summer, he also appeared as a guest star on Kathy Griffin's television show My Life on the D List. That year, he also produced the Lee "Scratch" Perry album Repentance. Andrew W.K.'s career only became more eclectic as the 2000s drew to a close. In 2008 alone, W.K. founded a Manhattan club, Santo's Party House; performed with the Calder String Quartet; and released One-Shot Game: Covers, a collection of J-pop cover songs, and I Will Change Your Life, an anthology of his advice columns for Japanese music magazine Rockin' On. He also became a member of the group Current 93, contributing bass, piano, guitar, and vocals to their 2009 album, Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain and performing on the band's tour that spring. Around that time, W.K. released Damn! The Mixtape, Vol. 1 and his Cartoon Network live-action demolition show Destroy Build Destroy premiered. He also became a frequent guest on the Fox News show Red Eye and appeared on the VH1 series The Great Debate. In late summer 2009, his album of "spontaneous solo piano improvisations," 55 Cadillac, was released by the Skyscraper Music Maker label, which also planned to give Close Calls with Brick Walls a U.S. release on CD. Around that time, W.K. also released Gundam Rock in Japan, which featured his versions of the music to the classic anime Gundam to commemorate the series' 30th anniversary. Close Calls with Brick Walls finally appeared on CD in wide release in 2010 as a set with Mother of Mankind, a disc of rarities and previously unreleased tracks. The following year, W.K. released a Japan-only EP, Party All Goddamn Night, which featured a mix of new and previously released material; in 2012, he celebrated the 10th anniversary of I Get Wet with a deluxe edition featuring an extra volume of live and unreleased songs. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Party Hard
  3.   She Is Beautiful
  4.   Tear It Up
  5.   Never Let Down
  6.   I'm a Vagabond
  7.   It's Time to Party
  8.   Ready to Die
  9.   I Get Wet
  10.   Slam John Against a Brick Wall
  11.   Central Park Cruiser
  12.   High Five
  13.   I Will Find God
  14.   I Love NYC
  15.   I Love the Dead
  16.   Seeing the Car
  17.   The End of Our Lives
  18.   We Want Fun
  19.   Who Knows?
  20.   Sarah Notto
  21.   When I'm High
  22.   You Will Remember Tonight
  23.   PSA
  24.   Don't Stop Living in the Red
  25.   Take It Off
  26.   Make Sex
  27.   Party Til You Puke
  28.   TJ's Wild Ride
  29.   Kill Yourself
  30.   Big Party
  31.   Cadillac
  32.   Las Vegas, Nevada
  33.   Into the Clear
  34.   Party Party Party
  35.   The Song
  36.   Free Jumps
  37.   Got to Do It
  38.   5
  39.   I've Got Know Fear
  40.   I Came For You
  41.   This Is My World
  42.   Doing Andrew W.K.
  43.   Car Nightmare
  44.   Party on Your Grave
  45.   Young Lord
  46.   We Party (You Shout)
  47.   A.W.K.
  48.   Night Driver
  49.   Girls Own Love
  50.   Fun Night
  51.   The Ending
  52.   Breaking News On TJ
  53.   TJ's Accident
  54.   Double Centered Subtle City Cherry City Center Florida
  55.   TJ's First Smoke
  56.   We're Not Gunna Get Old
  57.   Kicks and Bricks
  58.   Jewel Street Man
  59.   City Time
  60.   Let's Go on a Date
  61.   I Want Your Face
  62.   Can You Dance With Me
  63.   Moving Room
  64.   Background
  65.   Pushing Drugs
  66.   One Brother
  67.   Not Going to Bed
  68.   Mark My Grace
  69.   Hand on the Place
  70.   Dr. Dumont
  71.   Don't Call Me Andy
  72.   Really in Love
  73.   Totally Stupid
  74.   Your Rules
  75.   I Want to See You Go Wild
  76.   Begin the Engine
  77.   Close Calls With Bal Harbour
  78.   Talking To Kathy
  79.   We Got a Groove
  80.   The Party God
  81.   Victory Strikes Again
  82.   Long Live the Party
  83.   Golden Eyed Dog
  84.   Coming Bad
  85.   I Love Music

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